Chasing the Dream (City Shifters: the Pride #5) by Layla Nash
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Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Ivy Peterson is close to finishing off the men responsible for experimenting on her and dozens of other shifter kids when a rogue pack puts her in the Auction. She's resigned to a very short run as someone's unwilling wife, until she sees Edgar Chase in the crowd. The werelion looks as adrift as she feels after losing her mate. Edgar knows he'll never love again after his mate's death, but when he sees the haunted girl at the Auction, he can't help himself and fights to save her. Ivy holds the key to many of the mysteries the Chase family faces -- and she might even hold the key to his broken heart. Ivy just wants to finish off the evil entrepreneur who funded the experiments. If the Chase brothers want to help her with that, she won't object. But as trust grows into something more between her and Edgar, Ivy wonders if vengeance is all there is after what she's suffered. He shows her something more, something better. Will their wounded hearts heal and love again, or are they chasing different dreams?
4 out of 5 (very good)
This is only the second book in the series I have read, the previous one being Cut to the Chase #4. After getting a glimpse of Edgar in that, I immediately bought this one. I love a (genuinely) sad hero and a feisty female storyline. However, the balance seemed slightly off with this as a lot of this book is about Ivy. The chapters are split - Ivy is always in the first person, and Edgar and the rest are in third person.
Now, don't get me wrong, the parts with Ivy are outstanding and had me in tears on more than one occasion. It's just I would have preferred to hear a bit more from Edgar; instead of it being Edgar and the rest of the crazy crew. Although them BEING shifters is a major part of this story, they don't actually do much. Edgar and Logan both shift, along with some of the bears, but that's about it. Nothing really from Ivy, who has the ability to shift into both a wolf and a wolverine.
This is a hard-hitting story, including a mad scientist, experiments on children, abduction, and slavery. However, it is also a story of love and hope, and yes, even vengeance! Extremely well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to distract the eye. I would definitely recommend both this book and the series.
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